Walk(er) like an Egyptian
Trip Start Oct 10, 2010
15Trip End Jun 29, 2011
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So I went from the comfort of staying with a friend, who is a local, in his own apartment, to the crazy scene of Cairo. I was worried about getting my bag because my journey to Egypt consisted of 3 separate flights, but had zero problems. The cab ride to my hostel was a nice wake up call to traveling alone in foreign countries. Cairo has traffic. Lots of it and its 24/7. My cabbie got it right when he said “Cairo has many rules, but none for driving.” Most cars drive with their lights off at night and only use them to flash people they nearly miss, fit 4 cars in two lanes and literally miss each other and bike riders by mere inches. The whole time pedestrians are playing real-life games of “Frogger” trying to cross the road. I saw 2 little fender benders in my short time there.
After getting a good nights sleep in Invitation Hotel, with my own bed and bathroom, I had a full day ahead. I had a driver with me the whole day, but I'm proud to say I was not in one of the many giant tourist groups that were clogging up the works.
That night, I hit up a dinner boat cruise on the Nile River with dancing and a buffet. The entertainment included some amazing men dancers that would spin and dance and were just pure entertainment. There was a midget dancer that was also very talented and also used as some comedy relief. After the men, a women belly dancer came out and did her thing. She could defiantly shake it , shake shake, shake it like a polaroid picture.
The next day I head out on my own on the subway to the Coptic Museum, Abu Sarga Church and old Cairo. The church is believed to be where the Holy Family took refuge during their flight into Egypt. Afterward, I got a ride to the Citadel of Salah Al-Din, where the The Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabasterd Mosque resides. The Mosque was spectacular. Waldo couldn't take his shoes off, so I had to go inside alone. After visiting the Citadel, I hit up the Egyptian Museum, where I strolled around and got my fill of ancient artifacts..
My dogs are barkin and I'm done. It was a busy 2 days, but so worth the stop. I'm off to Nepal to meet up with my friends Gombu, Sean, and Chris for some Himalayan trekking!